By Joan Katambi
One in three Ugandan women who use the Internet have experienced gender-based harassment online, according to a 2020 report released by Pollicy.org on the internet experiences of women in African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal and South Africa. In 2020, during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV campaign with the hashtag #SayNoToOnlineGBV, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) in partnership with Encrypt Uganda, DefendDefenders, Digital Human Rights Lab, African Defenders and Digital Literacy Initiative highlighted issues and cases of online GBV in Uganda. The campaign provided a contextual understanding of online GBV and its various forms.
There is need for a holistic approach by stakeholders to tackle online Gender based violence. This includes capacity building for law enforcers, digital literacy for the society and support for victims that can include legal and health support.